Staff in Morriston hospital have been pulling together to make sure that the hospital is as prepared as it can be to react to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

As cases in the health board area rise, staff on the frontline are preparing to be able to support the care that patients will need.

Carol Doggett, Senior Matron from the Intensive Care unit, said “We are preparing ourselves and our environments and using our expertise to train over 200 staff to support what will be a significant surge in critical care demand.”

Carol praised the support from other teams within the hospital.  “This will push our skills and capacity to beyond anything we have experienced and to date the response from clinicians in other departments to support us has been extremely positive.”

Also getting ready are staff at the Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU).  This is the team that receives the patients that require an acute medical admission from the A&E department. 

Rachel Morgans, who is matron at the unit confirmed “I am incredibly proud of the way our staff are pulling together and the selfless nature that they possess! Despite the anxiety and fear of the impending crisis they have pulled together as a team, are supporting our patients and each other.  I get a sense of we are all going to ‘WAR’ together and it really is quite heartening.”

She had a key message of the public “Its going to be one of our most challenging times we will ever face as nurses, doctors and as a team but I am reassured that we can ‘do it’! We need the general public to also do their ‘bit’ stay at home, social isolation where necessary and support our teams whole heartedly.  We can and will pull through for you all.”

Deb Lewis, Service Director at Morriston hospital praised the staff “We are implementing some significant service changes in preparation for COVID-19 demand.  Departments are being moved, and new pathways are being developed. There has been awesome team work across the hospital”.

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